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Date appearing before my page descriptions
TomEEE

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Msg#: 3661476 posted 1:13 am on May 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

I've noticed that lately Google is putting the date of, either:

A) The most recent displayed comment
B) The most recently added content, if no comments are displayed on page

Followed by "..." + page description on all of my domains pages.

Anybody have any idea why this is happenning and how to prevent it?

Mainly because it both seems to make my pages look less appealing to clickers and also seems to degrade my rankings.

Regards,

Tom

 

iridiax

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Msg#: 3661476 posted 2:19 am on May 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

I'm seeing this too sometimes for my WordPress site. I think that it is some sort of experiment.

whitenight

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Msg#: 3661476 posted 2:21 am on May 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

I've used a common plugin to force descriptions. Seems to have worked so far. Dates no longer appear in results.

iridiax

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Msg#: 3661476 posted 2:28 am on May 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

I use a meta description plugin and still get dates sometimes.

tedster

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Msg#: 3661476 posted 2:30 am on May 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

To clarify - these dates are showing when you are logged in and seeing "personalized" seasrch results, correct? Not when you are logged out of your Google accounts?

whitenight

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Msg#: 3661476 posted 2:36 am on May 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

To clarify - these dates are showing when you are logged in and seeing "personalized" seasrch results, correct? Not when you are logged out of your Google accounts?

No, this is something universal ::cough:: :) that just started with certain wordpress sites.

whitenight

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Msg#: 3661476 posted 2:37 am on May 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

I use a meta description plugin and still get dates sometimes.

I'm using All-in-One SEO plugin to force descriptions. Other plugins weren't working.

StaceyJ

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Msg#: 3661476 posted 11:16 pm on May 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Yes, I've been seeing this for awhile on two Squidoo pages. On one the date is taken from the content part way down the page, on the the other the date is taken from comments left at the bottom of the page. Neither date has anything whatsoever to do with the content being used in the snippet. It sure looks stupid in the serps, and makes the page content look old.

Glad to know it's not just me it's driving crazy.

edit to clarify - this is when I am logged OUT of GWT, I've not checked when I'm logged in.

[edited by: StaceyJ at 11:20 pm (utc) on May 29, 2008]

TomEEE

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Msg#: 3661476 posted 8:00 pm on Jun 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

I'm running a Drupal site, and yes, seems to be universal.

I have Descriptions for these pages declared, so I'm not sure what else can be done to force the description?

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